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Pros: Excellent fit and finish, very sleek and modern looking, excellent airflow and venting options, will accept just about any full size power supply, expansion slot card holder is VERY adjustable, excellent included accessories and hardware.
Cons: These are not even really Cons, more like minor personal gripes or words of caution if you're reading this...
The case I received, wasn't quite the case pictured?
(see below in other thoughts)
Not necessarily for my application, but there is little room between the back of the drive bays and the front edge of the motherboard. If using anything longer than standard ATX, it can make the lower few drive bays difficult to use. May want to consider a deeper case in that situation.
Other Thoughts: I will assume it's not I-Star's fault, probably Newegg's fault. I read the review from the person who said they got 2 of these cases and neither had doors. Newegg DOES sell an almost identical I-Star 4RU case...just like this one...but without the front doors. Possibly there was a mix-up on their end so I took the risk and ordered away. When I got the case...and saw that it had arrived in flawless condition, from CA to MN, via UPS (amazing huh?), I was thrilled. When I popped the cover off, I noticed one of my drive cages wasn't what I was expecting. Instead of having 4 vertically oriented 5.25" bays, I had 3 horizontally oriented 5.25's and a 3.5" Basically a mirror image of the other side. Not a big deal, but it would be great if someone could figure out why it happened to prevent it from happening to someone else.
Overall, I am very pleased with the case and it's flexibility, and plan on purchasing many more. This time, I got way more than I paid for, what a great value
Pros: Simple design, quality construction, beautiful design, simply perfect. Acrylic base with indirect blue LED lighting is really cool looking. Finish on the metal side panels and polished plastic case is really nice. Red panels would look better with red LED lighting, but I knew it was blue, if I want, I'll change it myself. Had a cheap SATA enclosure that would die after a few mins of heavy data transfer, this one took 100 gigs without a hiccup.
Cons: Absolutely none so far.
Other Thoughts: I highly recommend this product if you're looking for a vertical external enclosure. It WILL NOT lay flat without modifications. Blue glow through the base is not overly bright like so many other LED lights out there. For the money, this thing just can't be beat.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: BIOSTAR P4M80-M4 478 VIA P4M800 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
Pros: Price, performance, ease of use. Great little inexpensive HTPC board. Do your research, compatibility is the key, get it right the first time and you'll be happy.
Cons: No cons at all, I knew what I was buying, I knew I wasn't buying add-ons like SATA cables and USB brackets, I knew that this was what I needed so I bought it, and I'm glad I did.
Other Thoughts: I needed an inexpensive replacement for an A$U$ board that had a bad reaction to a defective USB Keyboard. I was truly surprised how easy it was to use this board. Booted up on the first try, as usual, Installign windows from RAID array has me baffled, I can't find the F6 utility anywhere, but everything else works perfect. I love it, saved a bunch of money, and yes, while socket 478 is obsolete, a lot of us with good fast P4's that fit into a socket 478 and good video cards, and DDR333/400 RAM that need a new board, will appreciate this quality unit. Very nice board, don't expect the world, if you're looking at this board, you should already have the rest of the parts, this is not a starting point for a new machine, but rather a replacement for a similar board.
P4 2.8Ghz, 1Gig Kingston DDR333 Dual Channel, 2 250 Gig WD HDD's, NEC DVD, Onboard video...for now. Now I just need to find something to give me HDTV output.